Monthly Archives: September 2014

Newsletter Friday, September 26

Dear Families,

In Religion this week, we continued with our exploration of Genesis by discussing God’s promise to Abram.  We also reviewed the Ten Commandments.  Next week we will continue learning about Abraham and also discuss Sodom and Gomorrah.  Students will have their next memory verse quiz on Friday, October 3.

Memory Verse

 “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”  (Romans 12:18).

We began science this week by having a nature walk around the school looking for organisms.  After our nature walk, students were asked to draw and classify ten organisms that they saw during our walk.  We used this discussion to begin our scientific focus for this week, the system that scientists use to classify organisms.  Students learned about kingdoms, phylum, class, order, genus, and species.  Next week, students will be focused on learning about the functions of plant parts and the life cycle of plants.

In Social Studies this week, students learned how to describe the relative location of the United States in terms of its location to Canada, Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.  Students also learned about absolute location and how to use latitude and longitudinal coordinates to locate various cities in the US on a map and globe.  Next week, students will learn about various landforms present in the United States.

In Math this week, students reviewed place value and had their first assessment on place value that was sent home earlier this week.  Students also practiced real world applications of addition and subtraction using story problems.  Next week, the fourth graders will be focused on reviewing addition and subtraction with three digit numbers.  Fifth graders will be introduced to multiplication.

In Language Arts this week, both grades were focused on making connections and inferences as they read.  Next week, fourth graders will practice using fix up strategies to determine unknown meanings of words.  Fifth graders will be focused on making judgments as they read.  Please encourage your child to read at home in order to practice these comprehension strategies and to work towards their AR goal for the trimester.

Please remind your students to study their spelling words.  If they spell all of their words correctly on the Monday pretest, they will be exempt from the test on Friday.

4th Grade Spelling Words: (Long and Short o and u)

 

  1. those
  2. coach
  3. solid
  4. include
  5. crew
  6. plus
  7. operate
  8. broke
  9. upset
  10. tune
  11. June
  12. floating
  13. plume
  14. renew
  15. husband
  16. honor
  17. smoke
  18. conflict
  19. stew
  20. thunder

 

Challenge Words:

 

  1. accountant
  2. recruiter
  3. mayor
  4. teammate
  5. citizen

 

 

5th Grade Spelling Words (vowels before r)

  1. parts
  2. history
  3. warning
  4. declaring
  5. despair
  6. shirt
  7. learning
  8. backward
  9. border
  10. prepared
  11. harsh
  12. research
  13. carnival
  14. particular
  15. squirrel
  16. harmful
  17. charms
  18. disorder
  19. favored
  20. remark

 

Challenge Words:

 

  1. correspondence
  2. discouraged
  3. generations
  4. constitution
  5. literature

 

Upcoming Events

 Fifth Grade Band

Band will be offered for interested fifth graders on Wednesday afternoons from 3:05 to 4:00 at Riley Elementary School.  Parents will be required to transport their child.  If your child is interested, please contact Bill Clemens, the St. Johns Public Schools representative from Marshall Music at (517)652-3483 as soon as possible.  Mr. Clemens will set up a meeting with you at your house to discuss your child’s instrument selection.  Please contact Shirley Reis at (517)290-3382 with any additional questions.

 

Scholastic Book Orders

October book orders are due Friday, October 17.  Our classroom online order code is NB66T.  Ordering online benefits our class and provides opportunities to expand our classroom library.

 

PTL Meeting

There is a PTL meeting on Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30.  All adults are welcome to attend.

 

PTL Fundraiser Kickoff

The PTL Fundraiser Kickoff will be held on Friday, October 10.  Additional details to come.

 

St. Peter Church and School Silent Auction

The Silent Auction fundraiser will be held on Saturday, October 11 at 6:00.  All adults are welcome to attend! The registration ticket orders as well as unsold tickets are due by Wednesday, October 1.  Please contact Tammy Hartner at (989)227-9079 with any questions about the Silent Auction.

 

Andy T’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Andy T’s will be hosting a free pumpkin picking on Sunday, September 28 between noon and 6 p.m.  Return the decorated pumpkin to Andy T’s on either Thursday, October 9 or Friday, October 10.  The contest winners will be announced on Sunday, October 12.  Hotdogs and hayrides will be available between 4 and 7 p.m. as well.

 

MSU Early Childhood Workshops

St. Peter will be hosting a series of Early Childhood workshops through collaboration with the MSU Extension Office.  The first workshop will be held on Monday, September 26 from 6:00-7:30.  This workshop is titled Emotion Coaching.  This workshop aims to: help parents learn the different types of emotions young children experience, the timeline for their development, how important it is to value the emotions of children, techniques for using emotion coaching with children, and how to help children understand their emotions and reaction to the emotions of others.  Each workshop has a registration fee of $5.00.  If you are interested, please contact Mary in the main office at (989) 224-3178.

 

 Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

 

God’s blessings for a great week!

 

 

Jessica Pung

 

 Newsletter Friday September 26

 

 

September 19, 2014 Newsletter

Dear Families,

We have had a fantastic third week of school!  The students even earned their second BINGO for fantastic behavior.  The students chose to divide their time between game time in the gym and extra outdoor recess time.

Curriculum Updates

 In Religion this week, we continued our exploration of Genesis by discussing the Tower of Babel.  Next week, we will discuss God’s promise to Abraham.  Students will have their third memory verse next Friday, September 26.

Memory Verse

 “The Lord is faithful in all His words and kind in all His works.”  (Psalm 145:13).

In Science this week, students continued learning about cells, functions of cell parts, organs, and organ systems.  Students also completed an experiment with food coloring, water, and celery to investigate the way nutrients travel in plants.  Next week, students will learn about the different ways scientists classify organisms.

In Social Studies this week, students continued to learn about the geography of the United States as well as celebrate Constitution Day.  Next week, students will learn about latitude and longitude.

In Math this week, students continued reviewing addition and place value using money manipulatives.  Next week, fourth graders will be wrapping up addition and moving on to a review of subtraction.  Fifth graders will be focused on wrapping up our place value unit before moving on to multiplication.

In Language Arts this week, both grades reviewed the narrative elements of a story.  Next week, both grades will be focused on making connections and inferences as they read.  Please encourage your child to read at home in order to practice these comprehension strategies and to work towards their AR goal for the trimester.

Please remind your students to study their spelling words.  If they spell all of their words correctly on the Monday pretest, they will be exempt from the test on Friday.

4th Grade Spelling Words: (Word with Long i and Short i)

  1. mine
  2. tie
  3. wild
  4. type
  5. smile
  6. drive
  7. size
  8. blind
  9. visit
  10. thick
  11. die
  12. prize
  13. fifty
  14. picnic
  15. arrived
  16. decide
  17. child
  18. civil
  19. divide
  20. library

Challenge Words:

21. audience

22. backstage

23. performance

24. applause

25. famous

5th Grade Spelling Words (Long o and Long u)

  1. soul
  2. smoke
  3. move
  4. clue
  5. fruits
  6. lose
  7. chose
  8. stole
  9. prove
  10. produce
  11. juice
  12. drove
  13. Tuesday
  14. rescue
  15. continue
  16. issue
  17. ego
  18. argue
  19. cruise
  20. toll

Challenge Words:

21. forehead

22. include

23. rehearsal

24. fourth

25. course

 

Upcoming Events

Yearbooks

There are a few extra yearbooks from the last school year that are available for $10.  If you are interested in ordering one, please let me know or contact Mrs. Boettger as soon as possible because supplies are limited.

 

Picture Day

Picture Day is scheduled for next Tuesday, September 23.  Information was sent home at orientation or with your student on the first day of school.

 

Lutheran Schools Pen Pal Project

Please send in the bottom portion of the form with a check for $5.00 by Thursday, September 25 to:

L.S. Pen Pal Project

PO Box 136

Atkins, IA 52206

 

Scholastic Book Orders

September book orders are due Friday, September 26.  Our classroom online order code is NB66T.  Ordering online benefits our class and provides opportunities to expand our classroom library.

 

PTL Meeting

There is a PTL meeting on Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30.  All adults are welcome to attend.

 

St. Peter School and Church Silent Auction

The Silent Auction fundraiser will be held on Saturday, October 11 at 6:00.  All adults are welcome to attend! This afternoon, eight registration tickets were sent home with your student.  These tickets offer a discounted rate of $7.  Tickets bought on the day of the silent auction will be $10.  Ticket orders as well as unsold tickets are due by Wednesday, October 1.  Additional details about The Silent Auction will be provided in the coming weeks.

 

Andy T’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Andy T’s Farms in St. Johns will be hosting a free pumpkin picking on Sunday, September 28 between noon and 6 p.m.  Participants are asked to decorate the pumpkin that they pick and return it to Andy T’s either Thursday, October 9 or Friday, October 10 to be entered in a pumpkin decorating contest.  Judging will take place on Saturday, October 11 and awards will be given out on Sunday, October 12 between 4 and 7 p.m.  Please check your child’s travel folder for a registration form if you are interested in participating.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

 

God’s blessings for a great week!

 

 

Jessica Pung

 Newsletter Friday September 19

 

 

September 12, 2014 Newsletter

Dear Families,

We have had a fantastic second week of school!  The students even earned their first BINGO for fantastic behavior.  The students chose to have ten minutes of game time in the gym.   

Curriculum Updates

In Religion this week, we read the first five chapters of Genesis.  We discussed the creation story, original sin, and Cain and Abel.  Next week, we will continue exploring Genesis by discussing the Tower of Babel.  Students will have their second memory verse test on Friday, September 19.

Memory Verse

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”  (Ephesians 4:32).

In Science this week, we continued discussing the Scientific Method.  We also began learning about cells and used a microscope to observe onion cells.  Next week, we will continue our discussion about cells and learn how scientists classify living things.

In Social Studies this week, students were introduced to various topics of social studies such as history, economics, and government.  Next week, we will focus on geography.

In Math this week, both grades reviewed addition and number sequences.  Next week, students will continue with the review of addition, specifically discussing real-world applications of addition by investigating place value with money.

In Language Arts this week, fourth graders reviewed the narrative elements of a story.  Next week, they will further enhance their ability to identify narrative elements as well as make connections.  Fifth graders were focused on using fix up strategies to determine the meaning of unknown words.  Next week, they will be focused on identifying the narrative elements of a story.  Please encourage your child to read at home in order to practice these comprehension strategies and to work towards their AR goal for the trimester.

Please remind your students to study their spelling words.  If they spell all of their words correctly on the Monday pretest, they will be exempt from the test on Friday.

4th Grade Spelling Words:

 

  1. asleep
  2. empty
  3. queen
  4. deal
  5. needed
  6. spelling
  7. east
  8. feelings
  9. tea
  10. keeping
  11. beneath
  12. agree
  13. elevator
  14. coffee
  15. suggested
  16. method
  17. feature
  18. metal
  19. disease
  20. television

Challenge Words:

21. collector

22.  collage

23.  assortment

24.  arrangement

25.  acquire

5th Grade Spelling Words

  1. stayed
  2. brain
  3. thief
  4. meat
  5. flight
  6. style
  7. delighted
  8. daily
  9. breathe
  10. meanwhile
  11. believes
  12. tonight
  13. increased
  14. explained
  15. slightly
  16. payment
  17. brief
  18. tray
  19. byte
  20. raise

Challenge Words:

21. tight

22.  type

23.  remain

24.  chief

25.  pleaded

Upcoming Events

 St. Johns Homecoming Parade

The St. Johns Homecoming parade is Friday, September 19 at 5:00.  All families are welcome to march with our School!  Families will line up on the west side of North Clinton at Lincoln Street by 4:30.  After the parade everyone is invited to join our school at St. JohnsLutheranChurch for pizza.  Please bring a drink or dish to pass.  If you are interested in walking with us in the parade or joining us for pizza, please fill out the attached “Homecoming Parade” form and return it to school on Monday, September 15.  Please disregard this form if you have already completed it.

 Picture Day

Picture Day is scheduled for Tuesday, September 23.  Information was sent home at orientation or with your student on the first day of school.

 Lutheran Schools Pen Pal Project

Please send in the bottom portion of the form with a check for $5.00 by Thursday, September 25 to:

L.S. Pen Pal Project

PO Box 136

Atkins, IA 52206

Scholastic Book Orders

September book orders are due Friday, September 26.  Our classroom online order code is NB66T.  Ordering online benefits our class and provides opportunities to expand our classroom library.

Andy T’s Farms Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Andy T’s Farms in St. Johns will be hosting a free pumpkin picking on Sunday, September 28 between noon and 6 p.m.  Participants are asked to decorate the pumpkin that they pick and return it to Andy T’s either Thursday, October 9 or Friday, October 10 to be entered in a pumpkin decorating contest.  Judging will take place on Saturday, October 11 and awards will be given out on Sunday, October 12 between 4 and 7 p.m.  Please check your child’s travel folder for a registration form if you are interested in participating.

PTL Meeting

There is a PTL meeting on Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30.  All adults are welcome to attend.

 St. Peter School and Church Silent Auction

The Silent Auction fundraiser will be held on Saturday, October 11.  All adults are welcome to attend!  More details to come.

 Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

God’s blessings for a great week!

Jessica Pung

 Newsletter Friday September 12

September 5, 2014 Newsletter

 

Dear Families,

We have had a fantastic first week of school!  Students are getting used to our routines and becoming reacquainted with one another.

Curriculum Updates:

In Religion this week, we spent a lot of time discussing Romans 12:5-6, which discusses the gifts that God has given to us.  Next week, we will begin our One in Christ curriculum by talking about the first two chapters of Genesis and the creation story.  Please note that students will have their first memory verse test next Friday, September 12.

 

Memory Verse

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  (John 1:1).

In Science this week, students became reacquainted with the Scientific Method and used a Know-Want-Learn chart to help us create a research hypothesis associated with Geico, our class pet.  Next week, we will begin our Living Things unit by discussing cells.

In Social Studies this week, we discussed places that we have visited and would like to visit in the United States in preparation for the beginning of our unit on the geography of the United States.

In Math this week, we spent time discussing real world applications for math, such as measuring our height in inches and feet.  We used this activity as preparation for a review of addition and place value units for both grades.

In Language Arts this week, we spent a lot of time discussing the characteristics of a “just right reading book” and building our reading stamina.  Next week, fourth graders will identify and use elements of a story (plot, characters, and setting) to gain insight into character actions.  Fifth graders will use fix-up strategies to help determine and clarify meaning in a story.  Please note that all students will have their first spelling test next Friday, September 12.  Students who receive 100% for the first three spelling tests will be invited to join the challenge spelling group.

 4th Grade Spelling Words

  1. played
  2. escape
  3. thank
  4. subway
  5. gray
  6. safely
  7. mistake
  8. greatest
  9. break
  10. after
  11. planting
  12. scratch
  13. address
  14. holiday
  15. natural
  16. paragraph
  17. blanket
  18. capital
  19. taken
  20. cabin

Challenge:

21. sprouting

22. chrysanthemum

23. bulbs

24. orchid

25. dandelion

 5th Grade Spelling Words

  1. master
  2. ahead
  3. build
  4. front
  5. meant
  6. bread
  7. ready
  8. busy
  9. quit
  10. mother
  11. above
  12. does
  13. advantage
  14. business
  15. sweater
  16. plastic
  17. balance
  18. limit
  19. among
  20. dozen

Challenge:

21. activity

22. building

23. heavy

24. biscuit

25. purpose

Upcoming Events:

PTL Spirit Wear Fundraiser

Order forms with payment are due by next Wednesday, September 10.

St. Johns Homecoming Parade

The St. Johns Homecoming parade is Friday, September 19 at 5:00.  All families are welcome to march with our School!

 Picture Day

Picture Day is scheduled for Tuesday, September 23.  Information was sent home at orientation or with your student on the first day of school.

 Lutheran Schools Pen Pal Project

Please send in the bottom portion of the form with a check for $5.00 by Thursday, September 25 to:

L.S. Pen Pal Project

PO Box 136

Atkins, IA52206

Scholastic Book Orders

September book orders are due Friday, September 26.  Our classroom online order code is NB66T.  Ordering online benefits our class and provides opportunities to expand our classroom library.

St. Peter School and Church Silent Auction

The Silent Auction fundraiser will be held on Saturday, October 11.  All adults are welcome to attend!  More details to come.

 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!

God’s blessings for a great week!

Ms. Pung